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  • 31 July 2013
    Training & Education

    As the deployment to Southeast Asia draws to a close for USS Freedom’s (LCS 1) “Gold” crew, an advance team of “Blue” crew Sailors is in Singapore to participate in a brief sea trial that began July 30, as part of the upcoming crew swap.  The crew swap is a key milestone during Freedom’s maiden […]

  • 30 July 2013
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The first commanding officer of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) visited Newport News to speak to Lincoln Sailors attending ballast training July 25. Ballast training is designed for at risk junior Sailors to help push them back in the right direction during their Navy career. Retired Rear Adm. Bill Hayden visited the training to reflect […]

  • 29 July 2013
    Industry news, Training & Education

    A group of NUSHIP Canberra personnel laid eyes on the ship they will soon call home during their first visit to Williamstown Dockyard in Victoria last week. Most were surprised at the sheer size of Canberra and appreciated the opportunity to explore the ship for the very first time. At 230 metres in length, 32 […]

  • 26 July 2013
    Training & Education

    90 Young Officers from the Japanese Training Squadron, on-board three Japanese Ships currently alongside in Portsmouth Harbour visited the Maritime Warfare School, HMS Collingwood and the School of Marine Engineering, HMS Sultan during the afternoons of Tue 23 Jul and Wed 24 Jul 13. The purpose of the visit was to witness the first class […]

  • 24 July 2013
    Equipment & technology, Industry news

    The first of the UK’s fleet of next-generation anti-submarine maritime patrol Merlin Mk2 helicopters have been delivered to the Royal Navy. The 5 helicopters have been handed over to the Fleet Air Arm following an upgrade as part of a £750 million contract with Lockheed Martin.  Fitted with advanced glass cockpits and improved aircrew consoles […]

  • 23 July 2013

    Rear Admiral Srinivas Kanugo assumed office as the first Flag Officer in the newly created post of Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Air Materiel) [ACNS(AM)] at the Integrated Headquarters of the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD), Department of Navy, on 17 July 2013.  The post has been created as the single point of responsibility for […]

  • 19 July 2013
    Training & Education

    The Royal Navy Sailing Association (RNSA) has officially named its first racing yacht – Jolly Jack Tar – at a special christening ceremony in Gosport Marina. The 37-foot J/109 class yacht was purchased with grant money from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, Nuffield Trust, Royal Navy and Royal Marines Sports Lottery and the […]

  • 17 July 2013
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The First Sea Lord Admiral Sir George Zambellas KCB DSC ADC paid a special visit to HMS Collingwood on Friday 12 July 2013 as the Guest of Honour at the establishment’s annual Ceremonial Divisions. In addition to inspecting the Guard of Honour the First Sea Lord presented awards and medals to worthy recipients. Escorted by […]

  • 15 July 2013

    On Friday 12th of July the first handover of command between two female Captains of an Irish Naval Service Vessel will take place in Waterford City. The ceremony will take place in Waterford City Quays on board the L.É. AOIFE, where outgoing Captain, Lieutenant Commander Erika Downing will hand over to Lieutenant Commander Marie Gleeson […]

  • 11 July 2013
    Training & Education

    The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completed its first carrier-based arrested landing on board USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the coast of Virginia July 10. “It isn’t very often you get a glimpse of the future. Today, those of us aboard USS George H.W. Bush got that chance as we witnessed […]

  • 10 July 2013
    Industry news, Training & Education

    The British Navy has begun training the first aircrew to fly its next-generation helicopter, the Wildcat. Five Fleet Air Arm pilots and observers are undergoing conversion training at the new Wildcat Training Centre in RNAS Yeovilton right now with the helicopter, successor to the fabled Lynx, just 18 months from front-line service. From the beginning […]

  • 3 July 2013
    Training & Education

    Minister for Defence Materiel Dr Mike Kelly AM MP today announced the first of 24 MH-60R Seahawk Romeo helicopters has successfully completed its first test flight. The initial test flight occurred at Sikorsky’s Production Facility, Connecticut USA on 26 June 2013. It passed a range of tests including controllability, engine performance, vibration analysis and navigation […]

  • 3 July 2013

    The Spanish Navy has organized the first meeting of the Naval Coordination Group of the 5+5 Initiative which was held at the Naval Warfare College in Madrid, where the terms of reference were discussed. The Group will be presided over by Spain in 2014. The meeting was attended by members of the following 5+5 Initiative […]

  • 1 July 2013
    Industry news

    The stern of the Russian Navy’s first Mistral-class helicopter carrier was floated out on Wednesday, a Russian shipyard said… [mappress] Source: Russian Navy, July 1, 2013; Image: s4.uploads  

  • 26 June 2013
    Industry news

    The first warship built by BAE Systems for the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) as part of Project Khareef for the design, build and delivery of three corvettes, has been formally handed over in a ceremony at HM Naval Base Portsmouth today. Employees and guests, including senior representatives from the Royal Navy of Oman and […]

  • 24 June 2013
    Industry news

    The U.S. Navy’s Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 received the Navy’s first F-35C Lightning II carrier variant aircraft from Lockheed Martin today at the squadron’s home at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The F-35C is a fifth generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced […]

  • 21 June 2013
    Equipment & technology, Industry news

    The Royal Navy is to get its first unmanned ‘eye in the sky’ in a £30m deal to buy the ScanEagle reconnaissance aircraft. The pilotless plane has been used by the US Navy over the past decade and has been trialled by the Royal Navy. Whitehall is investing in the small, unarmed ScanEagle robot planes […]

  • 20 June 2013
    Training & Education

    The San Antonio class amphibious transport dock USS Arlington (LPD 24) performed underway replenishments and flight quarters, completed combat systems trials in the Virginia Capes Operating Area, and trained midshipmen, June 3-11. Arlington’s last underway is when the ship sailed from the Huntington-Ingalls Industries’ shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss.. to Naval Station Norfolk, March 8 – […]

  • 14 June 2013
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    The Defence Forces of Ireland became the first military in the world to be certified to ISO 50001 Energy Management standard today when the Deputy Chief of Staff (Support) Major General Conor O’Boyle accepted the award on behalf of the Organisation at a special ceremony in Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin. Dr Brian Motherway, Chief Executive […]

  • 13 June 2013

    HMAS Newcastle has conducted her first Replenishment at Sea (RAS) serial in the Middle East Area of Operations with RFA Fort Victoria on 29 May 2013. This RAS was the first such evolution in the MEAO for Newcastle (CMDR P. O’Grady, CSM) and added to Newcastle’s growing list of partnerships with international replenishment ships. Newcastle […]

  • 7 June 2013
    Equipment & technology, Industry news, Training & Education

    USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) conducted the first aircraft carrier-borne end-to-end at-sea test of the Surface Ship Torpedo Defense (SSTD) System, the Navy announced, June 6. The SSTD System combines the passive detection capability of the Torpedo Warning System that not only finds torpedoes, but also classifies and tracks them, with the hard-kill […]

  • 6 June 2013
    Training & Education

      USS Constitution Sailors held the ship’s first underway this year with a special tribute paid to first responders to the events surrounding the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings and to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the Battle of Midway, June 4. More than 375 guests accompanied the 215-year-old Constitution on the commemorative underway, including […]

  • 4 June 2013
    Industry news

    The final fabricated blocks for the first destroyer, Hobart, have just been delivered to the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance in Adelaide following a week-long journey by sea from Newcastle. AWD Alliance CEO Rod Equid said the four blocks arrived in Adelaide from block sub-contractor, Forgacs Engineering.  “This is a significant milestone for the AWD project […]

  • 3 June 2013
    Industry news, Research & Development, Training & Education

    The U.S. Navy completed the first series of developmental and operational testing (DT/OT) of Raytheon Company’s Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2. In at-sea tests conducted from the U.S. Navy’s Self-Defense Test Ship, RAM Block 2 missiles engaged two targets in tactical dual-salvo scenarios designed to demonstrate the advanced missile’s defensive capabilities. The DT/OT tests successfully […]

  • 31 May 2013

    Sailors assigned to guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) successfully conducted their first Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) mission, May 19. After determining that the unidentified radar contact was a dhow, the VBSS team was called to perform an approach and assist mission. The purpose of the visit is establish friendly relationships with local […]

  • 29 May 2013
    Training & Education

    Pacific Partnership 2013 members embarked aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) entered the 7th Fleet area of responsibility, May 28. Pacific Partnership, the largest disaster response-preparedness mission in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, is currently en route to its first mission port in Samoa. All mission ports for Pacific Partnership 2013 are […]